Obituaries

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Wed
03
Jun

Owen Armstrong

Owen Armstrong, 5 months, 7 days, son of Billy and Catherine Armstrong, passed away peacefully in the arms of his parents on Saturday, May 30, 2020, at home in Rochester, Minn. Owen was born on Dec. 23, 2019, to Billy and Catherine (Frailey) Armstrong in Rochester, Minn.

Wed
03
Jun

John Clifton Meyer

John Clifton Meyer, 95, of Garnavillo, passed away Monday, June 1, 2020, at his home.

John was born March 2, 1925, on the family farm east of Giard, the youngest child of Clifton and Milda (Glesne) Meyer. John was baptized at his home by Rev. Dr. George Wessel on March 19, 1925, during the “wake” service of his father Clifton, who had died on March 16.   

Tue
02
Jun

Vincent Bayazet Kenneally

Vincent Bayazet Kenneally, 97, of Strawberry Point, passed away on Monday, June 1, 2020, at the Edgewood Convalescent Home in Edgewood. He was born on March 13, 1923, in Cox Creek Township, the son of Earl Leo and Gladys (Hamlett) Kenneally. He was raised and educated in the Elkader and Strawberry Point area and was a 1940 graduate of Strawberry Point High School.

On July 15, 1948, Vincent was united in marriage to Betty Jean Mabel Brockmeyer at St. Mary Catholic Church in Strawberry Point. Bay enjoyed vacationing with his wife as they traveled to Ireland and Hawaii, as well as other destinations.  

Vincent was a member of the St. Mary Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, VFW and the American Legion.

Fri
29
May

April Elaine Miller

April Elaine Loetz Miller, 75, of Elkader, died Saturday, May 23, 2020. April was born April 5, 1945, to Theodore James and Adelaide May (Wakelee) Loetz in Elkhart, Ind. She was baptized on Nov. 18, 1945, and confirmed on May 17, 1959, at St. Paul Lutheran Church. April graduated from Mar-Mac High School. She continued her education and earned a degree in practical nursing at Blackhawk College in East Moline, Ill. She was a member of Phi Theta Kappa.

April was united in marriage with William G. Miller on Dec. 27, 1962, in McGregor. Three children were born to this union. April was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in McGregor.

Thu
14
May

Donna Mae Starkey

Donna Mae Starkey, 79, of Luana, died Sunday, May 10, 2020, at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Donna was born Sept. 20, 1940, to Clayton and Lucille (Glawe) O’Neal in St. Olaf. She graduated from Elkader High School and then trained for nursing.

Donna was united in marriage with Clifford Starkey on Feb. 18, 1978, in Monona.

Thu
14
May

Eunice J. Nading

Eunice J. Nading, 102, of West Union, died peacefully in her home with family by her side on Sunday, May 10, 2020. Eunice, the daughter of Arthur and Hilda (Lemke) Staack, was born on June 17, 1917, in Guttenberg. She was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Clayton Center. At the age of 2 years, Eunice moved with her parents to a farm near Clayton Center, where she was raised in a German community and attended Denmark Country School. During her childhood, Eunice spoke only German in her Clayton Center home and in church.

Thu
14
May

Jean Ann Dougherty

Jean Ann (nee Gavin) Dougherty of Elkader passed away peacefully at her home on May 11, 2020. She was 87 years old.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Dougherty, who passed away in December. They were married a lifetime, 66 years, having wed on Valentine’s Day in 1953. Jean was also preceded in death by her parents, Helen and Francis Gavin, sisters Dorothy Collins and Jule Hermanson, brothers Joe Gavin and William Gavin, as well as an infant son, Gerald.

Thu
14
May

Betty Larson Seitz

Betty Larson Seitz, 87, of West Union, passed away on Monday, May 11, 2020, at Good Samaritan Society in West Union. Betty Elaine Larson was born in Elgin on Nov. 19, 1932, to Gladys and Ernest Larson. She received her education and graduated from the Elgin Public School. Betty was united in marriage with Earl Seitz on March 18, 1951, and lived in Elgin most of her life, moving to West Union after her husband died.  

Fri
08
May

Leon Carl Emil Hoth

Leon Carl Emil Hoth, 84, of St. Olaf, died Wednesday, May 6, 2020, at MercyOne in Elkader. Leon was born Feb. 6, 1936, on a farm in Clayton County to Willis and Emma (Bahls) Hoth. He was baptized June 7, 1936, and confirmed on April 10, 1949, by Rev. Kitterer, at E&R Church in Elkader. Leon attended Denmark Country School through the eighth grade and graduated from Elkader High School in 1954. He lived and worked all his life on the family farm at 22248 Highway 13, near St. Olaf.

Fri
08
May

Elaine Kathryn Syverson

Elaine Kathryn Syverson, 97, of Elkader, died Monday, May 4, 2020, at MercyOne Medical Center in Elkader. Elaine was born Sept. 22, 1922, to Archie and Elsie (Roeder) Martin in Clayton County. She graduated from Elkader High School and attended Elkader Junior College. She proudly joined and served in the United States Marines Women’s Reserve from July 15, 1943 to Aug. 22, 1946, being honorably discharged at the rank of technical sergeant.   

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